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Would corner changes best help overtaking?

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Paddy Lowe's view that altering corners on tracks (rather than continually tweaking cars) may be the best solution for improving overtaking in Formula 1 is certainly thought-provoking. No?

Most people in the sport always seem to talk about changes that could be made to carbon, not concrete.

Yet McLaren's engineering director Lowe, who is also a key part of the FIA's Overtaking Working Group, believes that further future car development cannot significantly improve overtaking.

And that the only realistic alternative solution is, effectively, to look at real changes to the circuits that we know so well.

Do you agree?...

Should some of the most famous corners in F1 be widened? Chicanes moved? New features added?

"Why shouldn't all corners have the features that drivers can so easily pinpoint to improve [overtaking] opportunities?" Lowe said ahead of the Brazilian GP. Let us know your thoughts on 606.

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posted Oct 15, 2009

just work out why people can overtake at Spa and other places and make the other tracks have the same features.

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posted Oct 15, 2009

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Soooo sorry for my apparently rude comments. I sometimes forget that here in the USA we still have the right to free speech whilst those of you living in the facist UK cannot bear to hear anything that might hurt some uber-left wing nutter's feelings. My apologies for being the ugly American picking on the sensitive citizens of your socialist third world country. Oh..btw...can I get some tandoori to go?

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comment by Ruairi (U13907084)

posted Oct 15, 2009

Murray Walker pointed out that in theory, drivers will qualify fastest to slowest, and finish that way, so overtaking isn't really expected. If you want to FORCE overtaking, ditch qualifying and have them start in reverse championship order, i.e. Jenson in 20th, Algesuari on pole.
I don't want that though, and I don't think anyone else would. My point is, castrating tracks isn't the way to go; the problem lies within the system itself.

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posted Oct 15, 2009

Ban carbon brakes from the cars. That should liven things up a bit"
NO it wont. Carbon brakes are used for their weight; modern steel disks can provide equally short braking distances as the lighter carbon disks.

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posted Oct 15, 2009

What about extra balast for the cars with the weight of this based on driver championship standings?

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posted Oct 15, 2009

ballast? how about a spec series with over 1000kw turbo engines, with ground effect chassis? basically, what champcar should have been if they'd had deper thinkers callin the shots.
F1 wil go out of business(too expenseive and too slow) and the new series will likely have 27-33 car grids. HooRah

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posted Oct 16, 2009

One reason for lack of overtaking is that the drivers are too afraid of damaging their vehicles & getting knocked out of the race. This is because, to save weight, most of the components are so flimsy that they are designed only to work in one direction. The mess from Heidfeld accident in Singapore is an example. If MINIMUM dimensions were set for every component which strengthened them in all directions, drivers would be more willing to risk an overtake because their car would survive a collision.

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posted Oct 16, 2009

KERS was introduce to help overtaking but became a no overtaking button.

It should be possible to have a system that can only be used from behind say when a driver is within 2 seconds of the car in front

Once an overtaking move has been executed, KERS would be disabled but the car behind would have KERS enabled again.

This would be fun to watch

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posted Oct 16, 2009

Wasn't there a so-called Overtaking Working Group? What a bunch of wallies!. At almost every circuit and from almost every driver, we hear the constant refrain: "Overtaking is so difficult here!"
The problem could so easily be solved at a stroke: ban front wings. Teams would then be forced to remove the rear wings to maintain the car's balance. We could then have following cars able to come up close and enjoy the 'hole in the air' created by the one in front. Just like the old days!!

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